Planning our epic road trip.
One month in Miss Winnie. Traveling from Florida to Maine.
- Hit the road in our sweet Miss Winnie ( 22’ Minnie Winnie RV) https://winnebago.com/models/motorhomes/class-c
- Plan the menu for what we are going to cook once we get to wherever we are going.
So you can imagine how excited we were to plan a month long trip all the way up the east coast, visiting some of the places we’ve always wanted to see but never had the opportunity. It’s pretty hard to take extended vacations when you own a restaurant, so now that we don’t have to worry about that anymore, we had a lot of fun just deciding where we were going and what we wanted to see!
Our plan is pretty simple - I-95 pretty much goes all the way up to where we are headed, so it comes down to looking at a map and figuring how long we want to drive from one point to the next and then figuring out what fun place we can stay at for a couple of days at least, before hitting the road again. Since we are AAA PlusMembers( www.AAA.com) we booked time with our local office to sit down with an agent and create our Triptik- a detailed road map designed just for us. Our goal is to travel around 300 miles at a time, averaging 60 miles an hour - that’s 5 hours on the road and a tankful of gas. Our thought process works like this- if we hit the road by 10 am on any given morning, driving 5 hours will get us to our next destination in the 3-4pm time frame. Plenty of time to check in, find our site, set up our camp and be ready for cocktails by 5. We prioritize our time you know.
Then the next day is completely ours to sight see, visit landmarks, enjoy lunch and or dinner in a local restaurant, and not feel too rushed. We believe a minimum of 2 days gives us the opportunity to visit at our own pace, enjoying the moment and making so many great memories. Lisa P has a photographer’s eye and does amazing things with her trusty IPhone.
This helps document our day so when we get back to Miss Winnie, we can enjoy a nice glass of wine and relive our moments. Then we start preparing for dinner and getting ready for one of Ricky P’s RV Recipes!
We have been AAA members for a while but had yet to utilize their trip planning capabilities. This was our first experience and our AAA agent was so sweet and helpful and she spent nearly an hour with us as we plotted and planned our 30 day trip across the Eastern seaboard, using our 5 hour drive/2 day stay formula as our model. We left with an incredible amount of information about each location we chose to visit, and a whole bunch of fun stuff we could see along the way. By the way we included AAA RV coverage to our plan just in case we ran into a mechanical problem on the road. It’s so affordable and so worth it, if for nothing other than peace of mind. And when you are on the road, that’s important!
Our first stop - Jekyll Island, GA
Lisa P and I love our Miss Winnie- she may be small (22 ft) but she is ergonomically designed with plenty of storage for our clothes, cooking equipment, pantry, and sight seeing gear. Our bikes are strapped down in the back, so it only takes 15 minutes to set up camp with our hookups. And before you know it the AC is blowing cold and the hot water heater is cranking up for a great shower. She has a rather large refrigerator for such a small space with ample freezer capacity as well. Like I said, she may be small but she has everything we need and we just love her!
And we love Jekyll Island as we discover there is a paved bike path that completely encircles the island ( almost 20 miles total) and is FLAT- no hills to muscle up for guys like us who have basic wide tire Huffy cruisers instead of multi gear performance bikes.Our campground is at the north end of the island so we can cruise down the east coast side and see the oyster beds as they appear in the salt marsh creeks as the tide starts to go out at the end of the day. The tidal water is brown since these creeks have muddy bottoms, and you can see how they impact the water clarity for about a half mile out. It’s a microscopic version of the Mississippi River flowing into the gulf, but with similar results, supplying local fisheries, crabs, oysters and sea birds with rich nutrients and a healthy ecosystem. It’s very quiet and quite beautiful at this time of the day and we have to hurry back to camp as we see the afternoon rain clouds starting to form.
Once you get them all happy in the pan and “singing” (2 tbs of olive oil with my ingredients sizzling in the pan is more accurate) I add 2 cups of water and a box of Zatarain’s Caribbean Rice to the mixture, (https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/dinner-and-side-mixes/rice-mixes-and-side-dishes/caribbean-rice-mi) stir well, cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes. The result is a one pot dish full of fresh veggies, protein, and rice that’s not only east and filling, but DEE-LISH-US. And the other cool thing about cooking like this is once you cover the pan and set your timer for 30 minutes, you have plenty of time to open a nicely chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio, sit back in your chaise lounger and toast your sweetheart to a successful first day!